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Seton Village Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival To Feature Biggest Lineup Yet

Festival attendees will enjoy one of the largest selections of NJ craft beers found anywhere, Credits: Doug Zacker
The festival's lineup will feature 16 food trucks--something for everyone! Credits: Doug Zacker

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The Seton Village Committee has announced the lineup for its annual Seton Village Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival, to be held on Friday, September 23, on Irvington Ave. in South Orange. Sixteen trucks—the most ever in the festival’s three-year history—will line Irvington Avenue from Ward Place to Tichenor Avenue/Riggs Place, while a plethora of local New Jersey craft brews will be poured at the beer garden set up within the parking lot on Irvington and West Fairview Avenues.  

Doug Zacker, chairman of the Seton Village Committee, explained that the increased number of food trucks was necessary to accommodate the crowd of several thousand that’s expected to descend on Seton Village during the evening. “We’ve signed on a number of first-time festival participants,” he said, “and that will allow us to provide our patrons with a wider variety of food than ever before.”

Participating food trucks include:

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  • Pizza Vita: wood fired oven-baked pizza
  • BroRitos: burritos with a variety of fillings and toppings
  • SoupMan: small-batch soups from the freshest ingredients
  • Oink and Moo: New Jersey’s premiere BBQ food truck
  • Thai Elephant: authentic Thai food
  • Taxi Cab Burger: fresh all-beef sliders
  • Donny’s Dogs: customized hot dogs
  • Philly Fry: the French fry food truck
  • Empanada Guy: empanadas and other Spanish dishes
  • Ann’s Catering Truck: oxtails, coconut shrimp, jerk chicken, and more
  • CheezeN: gourmet grilled cheese truck
  • Ms. Fu Yummy Food Truck: Asian home cooked meals
  • Luke’s Lobster: traceable, sustainable seafood
  • Cupcake Carnival: artisan gourmet cupcakes
  • Waffle De Lys: authentic Belgian waffles with a French touch
  • Ice Cream Thai’m: Thai style homemade ice cream to order

Not to be outdone, the craft beer garden, hosted by South Orange’s Gaslight Restaurant and Brewery, will feature a larger menu than ever before, including the addition of local wines and cider. “Our festival boasts one of the most extensive selections of NJ craft beers available anywhere, so it’s a must for connoisseurs of the state’s local brews,” said Zacker. Selections to be featured at the beer garden, which will be open to adults 21 and over, include the following:

NJ Craft Brews

  • Gaslight Brewery and Restaurant: A selection of its own brews
  • Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing: 1916 Shore Shiver; Funnel Cake
  • High Point Brewing Co.: Ramstein Blonde; Ramstein Classic
  • Flying Fish Brewing Co.: Hopfish IPA; OktoberFish; Exit 7 Pork Roll Porter
  • Cricket Hill Brewing Co.: Colonel Blides ESB; Fall Festivus; Hopnotic IPA
  • Kane Brewing Co.: Head High IPA; Drift Line; Citra Pale Ale
  • River Horse Brewing Co.: Hippotizing IPA
  • New Jersey Beer Co.: - Garden State Stout; Hudson Pale Ale
  • Little Dog Brewing Co.: Local Girl; Gesundheit!
  • Demented Brewing Co.: Scarlet Night
  • Lone Eagle Brewing: Rye Pale Ale; Porter
  • Departed Soles Brewing Co.: Gluten Free Ghost of Pumpkins Passed; Modern Cup of Sole Coffee Stout
  • Third State Brewing: Boris the Younger Black Rye IPA; Broke and Hoppy
  • Tomfoolery Brewing Co.: Shawn & Gayle's Pale Ale; Kanoe Kolsch
  • Bolero Snort Brewery ApBull PiePA Ala Mode; Kowabunga Kolsch
  • Brix City Brewing: Porter Authority; Cheap Labor Pale Ale

NJ Wines

  • Alba Vineyard: Old Mill Red; Mainsail White

NJ Ciders

  • Jersey Cider Works Co.: Ironbound

The Seton Village Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival will take place between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Irvington Avenue between Ward Place and Tichenor Avenue/Riggs Place. The event will feature 16 food trucks, a craft beer garden (hosted by Gaslight Restaurant and Brewery), and two musical stages featuring four local bands. Residents are reminded that Irvington Avenue will be shut down between Ward Place and Tichenor Avenue on Friday, September 23 between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m., and detours will be set up to redirect traffic. All attendees are encouraged to walk to the event if possible as parking will be limited. Patrons of the craft beer garden should note that as per NJ state law, no one under the age of 21 will be permitted to enter the area; this includes children and babies of all ages.

The Seton Village Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival is produced by the Seton Village Committee in conjunction with the Village of South Orange, the South Orange Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs, and the South Orange Department of Public Works. Generous support has been provided by Gaslight Restaurant and Brewery; Premiere sponsor Seton Hall University; Supporting sponsors Natalie Farrell of Weichert Realtors and Blink Fitness; and Community sponsor interACT Theater Productions.

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